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on the broadcast tonight, under fire, you should hear what they said about the tsa today in washington, the folks who protect flying safety took a beating over what's still getting through. dialing for dollars. the extra fees on phone bills, the hidden costs that are just now coming to light in what the government calls a $2 billion a year scheme. and light bulb revolt. some are fighting back against using the new ones. and the dominating women of the u.s. soccer team tearing up the field in the field-good story of the summer.
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the field in the field-good story of the summer. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television good evening. while it's sometimes hard to remember what flying was like without the bins and the zip lock bags and the shoe and lap top removal and the occasional shouted cry of kbag check, the tsa has been around now for almost a decade, there are 51,000 of them all wearing those blue shirts, working all flights, all shifts and their job is to keep the skies safe. $2 million get screened at u.s. airports, 700 tsa checkpoints across the country. and while the tsa is used to complaining by now, this was complaint day in washington, the agency took the heat for everything we have seen here, the aggressive patdowns of kids and the elderly, the big bureaucracy they have become, common sense and how safe we
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really are given their $8 billion budget. it's where we begin tonight with nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: with it's tactics already making it one of the most ridiculed government agencies, members of congress today interrupted and taunted a top tsa administrator, even arguing amtrak police dogs would do a better job of explosive detection than one of the airport's scanners. the tsa today acknowledged 25,000 security breaches since the agency was founded in the months after 9/11. but that's over 10 years after 450 airports, on average, 5 1/2 breaches per airport per year, everything from a misplaced bag to doors left open and passengers walking into secure areas, but also more serious scenarios, like the man who flew across country on an expired
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boarding pass. while the tsa conducts security reviews of every airport every year, it today said it only conducted joint reviews with the fbi at 17% of the nation's highest risk airports. >> we will not get to 100% of 450 airports every year, no. >> reporter: today the former security director from israel's ben gurion airport has shifted its focus to dangerous more than dangerous weapons. >> it >> reporter: the tsa needs to stop treating babies and the elderly as extreme security threats. >> first of all, you have to identify the risk and when you identify the level of risk, then you can adjust the level of security. >> reporter: following up on that, the tsa just a short time
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ago e-mailed me a statement saying, quote, we have working on common sense changes by looking more at the people who fly and focusing on the highest risk threats. it appears that the tsa has got the message and things may change. >> tom costello starting us off out at washington national tonight. tom, thanks. the question is how closely to any of us really look at the phone bill. all those charges on there? when unauthorized charges show up in that jumble of numbers, it's known in the trade as cramming, for how it's crammed in there. well, today a senate investigation said it's become a national epidemic, costing customers as much as $2 billion a year in all. and now the question, how do the phone companies allow it to happen? our report tonight from our senior investigative torrent lisa myers.
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>> reporter: bev arnold was shot to find almost $300 buried on her phone bill. the bogus charges were from companies she had never even hard of. today at a hearing, senator j. rockefeller said that thousands of americans have already been victimized. >> when something shows up of a cramming nature on one of their bills, they will make one or two dollars. >> reporter: we went to florida to track down some of the companies suspected of cramming. their correspondent headquarters, seemingly only a post office box. we also visited the firm that represents many of these companies, named de data, and
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c they say customers are only charged for items they authorize we were in your neighborhood and wanted to give you another chance to talk to us. >> reporter: phone companies have gotten hundreds of thousands of complaints, so why do they still give companies access to their kpus her? >> th >> reporter: senate investigators say that since 2006, verizon, at&t and qwest are -- >> there has been improvement, but it remains a very significant, very per sive problem. >> verizon insists they do not tolerate cramming and customers who complain will be offered a refund. >> and one note on the ongoing
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debt ceiling fight and the talks tonight, the credit rating agency moody's put america's aaa rating on review for downgrading after uncertainty on a deal. moody's has already warned if the debt ceiling deal doesn't include significant progress that aaa rating will be in jeopardy. overseas the scandal grows and so does the anger surrounding the media empire of rupert murdock. the phone hacking scandal has already taken a big deal away from him. the company badly wanted to buy bskyb. they have dropped their bid. there's no telling where this ends, but this is all new territory for this huge media figure and for great britain. nbc's stephanie gosk is in
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london tonight for us. stephanie, good evening. >> reporter: news corps got beat up all day today both before and after they dropped out of the bid. one of their fiercest critics, former prime minister gordon round who accused news corps of -- politicians found something they could agree on. rupert murdock's news corporation should drop its bid for bskyb. >> and they should stop thinking about mergers when they've got to sort out the mess they created. >> reporter: but even before they voted, news corps beat them to it. >> they have decided in the last few moments they would withdraw. >> reporter: in a statement, the company said it has become clear that it is too difficult to progress in this climate. the climate turned hostile just
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ten days ago after news of a 14-year-old's cell phone had been hacked by news corps's reporters. >> rupert murdock has rarely been thwarted in his ambitions. for the most part he has achieved what he has wanted to. >> reporter: and he has achieved a lot. starting with a single newspaper inherited from his father, rupert murdock has amassed some of the best known, most watched brands. all part of the murdock empire. if you're watching "american idol," "the simpsons" or "glee" you're watching news corps. and it's all made a fortune for murdock and given him enormous business and political clout.
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now really for the first time, that power is in jeopardy. tonight there's signs that murdock's troubles could spill out of the uk and across the atlantic. there are three u.s. senators and one congressman calls for separate, u.s.-led investigations of news corps. brian? >> stephanie gosk in london tonight. and we'll have much more on this story tonight on a cnbc special report, called "empire under attack" it airs at 7:30 eastern time on cnbc. two bombs exploded today in mumbai killing at least 21 people. it was the worst terrorist attack in mumbai since 2008. we begin with chief foreign correspondent richard engel. >> reporter: the bombs were well hidden and coordinated to explode at the height of mumbai's evening rush hour. the first exploded in a renowned
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jewelry market just before 7:00 p.m. a minute later, a second, more powerful device went off in a crowded business district near a bus station, one bomb was apparently hidden under an umbrella, the other in an electric circuit box. after two back to back explosions, police new mumbai was under attack by terrorists. then a third bomb believed to have been in a taxi, exploded downtown. police locked down the city. >> the entire city of mumbai has been put on high alert. i would appeal to the people of mumbai and people all over the country to remain calm and maintain peace. >> reporter: so far, no one has claimed responsibility, but suspicion falls on the same pakistan-based group that attacked mumbai in 2008. this time, mumbai was better prepared, but the violence would
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inflame tension between two old enemies, india and pakistan, both nuclear powers. richard engel, nbc news, cairo. and here in our new york studios our chief foreign affairs important andrea mitchell, you ask any u.s. official, what keeps you up at night, they is answer, these two countries, nuclear nations and especially pakistan. >> pakistan is about to pass france as the fifth greatest nuclear power in the world and they're on a hair trigger. there's no hot line between india and pakistan, only last week, diplomats from both countries meeting out at stanford university trying to talk about establishing a hotline. so unlike the cold war, there is no communication, they could have an accident. india has said in the past they were restrained a few years ago when it was proved that pakistan was behind the attacks, they were restrained by the rest of the world, they did not
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retaliate, this time most likely they would. i was talk to a prominent indian diplomat saying he could not persuade his country to refrain. just tonight, the head of pakistani intelligence is meeting with the active head of the cia here in the u.s. that was previously set up because of growing tension between the two countries, between us and pakistan, but this will be the number one topic now. >> a lot of pieces in play, a serious situation, glad to have you here, andrea mitchell, as always. how those squiggly shaped light bulbs are becoming a rallying point against government interference in people's lives. and the u.s. soccer team writing their own script in the spompts story of the summer. here's one story.
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most americans, congress passed a law phasing out regular incandescent light bulbs, president george w. bush signed the bill and the phaseout starts next january. the idea of this forced switch to the new bulbs and the light they give off and how long it takes some of them to warm up, some have considered it the ultimate intrusion of government into our lives. an effort of congress to reverse it took place just this week, but in texas, they're not giving up the fight. >> how are you doing on light bulb s today? >> reporter: john patterson takes a dim view on traditional incandescent bulbs. >> i believe that americans ought to have a choice and be able to have a free choice to decide what they want to do with themselves. >> reporter: so patterson supports a new texas law circumventing the law allowing
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made in texas incandescents to be sold in texas. >> we're tired of the federal government micromanaging their lives. >> reporter: many still love the bulb that was invented 140 years ago. >> the traditional bulb that we all grew up with. >>er and the other one? >> this is a compact fluorescent light, this particular one is a 15 watt. the new kid on the block. >> reporter: a lot brighter. >> a lot brighter. >> reporter: does anybody say they're too harsh? >> if they're too harsh, you can downwattage. >> the all light bulbs are electric heaters that give off a little bit of light. 90% of the energy is given often by heat. >> reporter: but the new bulbs also contain small amounts of mercury. >> if i dropped this light bulbs we would have to evacuate the house of representatives according to the epa light bulb law. >> reporter: one group freedom
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action opposes the ban. >> reporter: there is one problem with selling incandescentbulbs in texas. >> reporter: but then a light bulb went off in george lavender's head. >> if we attract the making of light bulbs to the state of texas can can create a lot of jobs. >> reporter: kevin tibbles nbc news, ft. worth. up next, as we continue, a new honor for this nation's newest hero. choice for my patients with an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, or afib, that's not caused by a heart valve problem. today we have pradaxa to reduce the risk of a stroke caused by a clot.
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this picture of the president shaking his new prosthetic hand. we wanted to show you how matter of fact he is about the new hand, which he loves to play with and talk about and demonstrate. >> it's wonderful. when i lost it, i thought i was going to have a hook, which i was content with. i mean i was happy the way i lost my hand, but nevertheless, to lose a hand. >> shake my hand with that. >> oh, yes. >> tell me how it feels for you. >> for me it feels like a normal hand shake. it uses the same muscles that i would to open and close. it's no change from what i did before. it took me a couple of hours to learn how to use it. >> if you haven't caught on by now, this is an exceptional guy. he has had the names of the fall
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fallen. we would like to urge you if you're so inclined to watch our full interview with this extraordinary soldier, it's on our website, having been in southern california just last night, i'm here to tell you, the warnings are everywhere, you see them wherever you go. all of southern california has been warned be it the coming carmageddon. the contractor will be fined $6,000 for every 10-minute period the job runs over. and jetblue is offering a carmageddon special fare. when we come back here tonight, it's so far been the summer of the casey anthony trial and the debt ceiling talks, so if you're looking for something to feel good about, how about the u.s.
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achievements of the women's world cup soccer family. first they beat france and now it's on to the finals for the world cup. we take a look at the women who have made this summer exciting. >> reporter: they are the wonder women of 2011, the u.s. women's soccer team, reaching the world cup finals, defeating france 3-1 in a glorious display of tenacity. >> this is about who wants it more. >> reporter: this has not been an easy tournament for the team ranked number one in the world. they lost in the preliminary round to sweden. then on sunday, it took an overtime goal to send the contest against brazil into penalty kicks. but giving up is not in their playbook. >> we fought back from everything, we're resilient and i'm excited. >> reporter: they're using the burden of high expectations to sell nike and themselves. >> this is tif there were no pr
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then we would haven't a chance. >> reporter: this team brought back memories of the 1999 squad t last u.s. team to take the cup. >> everything's just so great. >> reporter: erin fits simm mon was on the team when they ignited her dreams. now the stars were goalie hope solo and abbie wanbach. creating a new generation of fans. and they are a social media phenomenon, building their fan base on twitter and facebook, attracting not just girls and women, but some of america's beth known male athletes, like lebron james or like super bowl mvp aaron rodgers, people who are household names and they are actively following women's
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soccer. a new team with the same goal, one more win to make history. anne thompson, nbc news, new york. >> no pressure, but we'll be cheering for them in the final game. that's our broadcast for this wednesday. we hope to see you right back here tomorrow evening, good night.

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